Gunnis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gunnis family

The surname Gunnis was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded as part of the Gun Clan which settled on the border in 1346 having broken away from the main Clan when Chieftain Will 'the Crowner' Gunn acquired lands here.

Early History of the Gunnis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunnis research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1634, 1663 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gunnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gunnis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunnison, Gunneson, Kenneson, Kenniston, Kennison, Kennerson, Gunnerson, Kenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Gunnis family (pre 1700)

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United States Gunnis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gunnis, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
Gunnis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hon. Mrs. Stuart Gunnis, aged 47, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Ronald S. Gunnis, aged 22, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Ronald Stewart Gunnis, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Folkstone, England, in 1912
  • Ronald Stuart Gunnis, aged 34, who landed in America from London, England, in 1921
  • Matthew Tweedie Gunnis, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Shotts, Scotland, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gunnis (post 1700) +

  • Rupert Forbes Gunnis (1899-1965), English collector, historian and author of Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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